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How to build your self-confidence as an artist

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This week on Arts to Hearts Podcast, our host Charuka Arora sits down to have a heart-to-heart with her beloved audience. As our third season nears its end, Charuka is giving the aspiring artists some tips from her own experience in the art world and shedding light on how to build self-confidence.

As someone who has been on her own creative journey for some time now, Charuka has learned a thing or two, and as she looks back on how far she has come, she is guiding other aspiring artists on how they can find their confidence in their abilities as an artist. If Charuka were to start her creative journey today, she would ask herself six questions to make sure she knows where her heart is so she can ensure that her creative journey goes on as smoothly as possible.

For Charuka, it’s important to put unwavering faith in yourself and your creativity, and for that, you need to ask yourself if you are ready to do that. Furthermore, it’s important to understand that hurdles are part of the journey, and that you need to be ready to fall a million times, and get back up every single time. The third thing you need to do as a creative, is to embrace your emotions fully, no matter how difficult or uncomfortable it may feel at that moment.

The fourth question you must ask yourself is whether are willing to break free from the fear of judgment. After you have broken free from the societal shackles, you must look within and ask yourself, if you are ready to write your story, as that is the most crucial aspect. And in the end, you must love and accept yourself fully, and ask yourself, “Can I be unapologetically myself?”

This episode is filled with wisdom and some amazing reflection exercises, so tune in to this week’s podcast and join Charuka on this exploration of what it means to be an artist!

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**** – (): the more comfortable that you become

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**** – (): are the more you embrace your own

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**** – (): hey you guys welcome back to the Arts to

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**** – (): Hearts podcast this is your host charaka

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**** – (): what would I do differently and

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**** – (): what would I ask myself if I were to

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**** – (): ask myself the questions I would ask

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**** – (): today the first question I think I would

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**** – (): am I willing to put an unwavering faith

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**** – (): in my own self in my own creativity am I

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**** – (): so uh ready for doing this that I would

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**** – (): trust myself I would put all my trust in

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**** – (): to ask myself

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**** – (): um I would really ask you know if am I

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**** – (): ready

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**** – (): to believe and to act and live like an

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**** – (): and surrender like you know am I ready

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**** – (): to surrender yes I’m ready to surrender

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**** – (): and I’m going to put all my faith in my

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**** – (): creativity and I am going to be an

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**** – (): artist and I’m going to put my identity

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**** – (): into it and yes I’m going to put that

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**** – (): faith in me

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**** – (): so if you are at any state and you feel

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**** – (): like um

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**** – (): you you know you want to take your

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**** – (): identity as an artist and I’m

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**** – (): challenging you if you want to be an

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**** – (): artist are you ready to put your un

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**** – (): ending Faith unwavering faith in

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**** – (): yourself in your creativity and take

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**** – (): this um identity are you ready to call

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**** – (): yourself an artist even if whatever kind

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**** – (): of art you make you mean make the best

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**** – (): maybe just in the beginning of your

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**** – (): still feel like an artist I think

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**** – (): there’s no right way and right stage or

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**** – (): a right start of being an artist we’re

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**** – (): all artists in our own stages and we

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**** – (): just have to believe that okay now let’s

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**** – (): come to the second question now this is

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**** – (): an interesting one and it particularly

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**** – (): may not be specific to artists but I do

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**** – (): feel like as artists as creative people

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**** – (): this happens to us a lot more

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**** – (): my question would be

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**** – (): am I ready to fall a million times and

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**** – (): get back and pull myself again together

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**** – (): am I ready to

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**** – (): pull those pieces of mine that have been

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**** – (): you know scattered away and get up again

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**** – (): and again and again because I feel like

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**** – (): the creative Journey a lot of time feels

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**** – (): like that

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**** – (): um you know there’s so many days even

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**** – (): today I feel like oh I have lost my way

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**** – (): I have uh lost my um space and my

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**** – (): identity uh and a lot of that up happens

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**** – (): because uh there’s so much that is

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**** – (): happening in my life if I’m not being

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**** – (): able to take

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**** – (): um actions as I would want and a lot of

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**** – (): times I feel like

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**** – (): um we fail and we fail and we make

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**** – (): mistakes and we learn and this really

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**** – (): happens a lot in in a state in a in our

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**** – (): careers when we’re trying to grow we you

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**** – (): know being an artist does not come with

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**** – (): the rule book and we all make our own

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**** – (): rule books and we all make our own

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**** – (): mistakes and then we all make our own

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**** – (): answers and it takes a lot of hit and

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**** – (): um you know when people’s judgment truly

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**** – (): starts mattering us we

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**** – (): start putting away the parts that you

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**** – (): other people

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**** – (): that truly takes away the power of our

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**** – (): you know if they are not um if they may

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**** – (): job to please everyone so everyone will

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**** – (): art is how good or bad you know uh your

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**** – (): what you believe in so I think it as an

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**** – (): artists I feel like we have

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**** – (): being an artist

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**** – (): beyond the canvas are you ready to

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**** – (): day I feel like I I got hold of that I

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**** – (): do I curate my life how do I write the

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**** – (): story of who I am

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**** – (): just the way I want like I want to be uh

**** – (): 22:27

**** – (): what kind of a person do I want to be

**** – (): 22:29

**** – (): what kind of artist do I want to be do I

**** – (): 22:32

**** – (): want to be someone you know who paints

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**** – (): on the surface right now and you know

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**** – (): what kind of experiences do you want in

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**** – (): your life that you

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**** – (): your own creative aspect so are you

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**** – (): life and your own story because with

**** – (): 22:54

**** – (): every piece of art that you’re making

**** – (): 22:56

**** – (): it’s like you’re adding a chapter to

**** – (): 22:58

**** – (): your story that becomes a part of your

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**** – (): story and some days there are extensive

**** – (): 23:02

**** – (): chapters some days these are happy

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**** – (): chapters some days these are

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**** – (): it eventually stands for who you are so

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**** – (): you’re essentially writing your own

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**** – (): story so all these things when you know

**** – (): 23:12

**** – (): when you look back and you’ll think who

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**** – (): you are it’s all those things coming

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**** – (): together that will start defining you so

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**** – (): are you ready to take that

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**** – (): responsibility of who you are creative

**** – (): 23:23

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**** – (): identity are you ready to

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**** – (): that excites me

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**** – (): my sixth question I would ask myself

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**** – (): and this to be honest is a really really

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**** – (): that I needed that love my that love for

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**** – (): myself more because of you know of of

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**** – (): the path I had taken if I as an artist

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**** – (): love myself if I don’t give that warmth

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**** – (): in a hundred percent of who I am in my

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**** – (): work in my art in my creativity and I

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**** – (): always say this they say this that you

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**** – (): know our work our art is mostly an

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**** – (): extension of Who We Are

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**** – (): are the more you embrace your own

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**** – (): identity

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**** – (): uh the you know those stronger you feel

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**** – (): connection people can see and feel with

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**** – (): you and I think as as an artist not only

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**** – (): that our paths are bumpy there’s a lot

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**** – (): of bump and there are a lot of um twists

**** – (): 26:04

**** – (): in turns and uh highs and lows but

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**** – (): and hard experience

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**** – (): this plant am I ready to love myself I

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**** – (): will have to keep reminding myself that

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**** – (): happens I will fully love and accept

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**** – (): myself no matter what it is

**** – (): 26:37

**** – (): so yeah these were my six questions I

**** – (): 26:41

**** – (): would ask myself if I were to start

**** – (): 26:43

**** – (): today if I were to start you know start

**** – (): 26:46

**** – (): as an artist today let me recap this

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**** – (): quickly for you and

**** – (): 26:51

**** – (): if you think that this episode May you

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**** – (): know help someone

**** – (): 26:56

**** – (): um and if you think you would want to

**** – (): 26:57

**** – (): ask I think these are great questions

**** – (): 26:59

**** – (): even if you want to journal and I think

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**** – (): I am I have started thinking but I’ve

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**** – (): intentional about them and try to go

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**** – (): deeper and if you do too let me know uh

**** – (): 27:14

**** – (): if these were helpful but let me recap

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**** – (): this for you

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**** – (): the first question I would ask myself is

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**** – (): am I willing to put unwavering faith in

**** – (): 27:23

**** – (): my own self and in my creativity

**** – (): 27:25

**** – (): the second question I would ask myself

**** – (): 27:27

**** – (): am I ready to fall a million times and

**** – (): 27:30

**** – (): put myself back together again and again

**** – (): 27:33

**** – (): and again the third question would be am

**** – (): 27:36

**** – (): I ready to dig deeper am I ready to feel

**** – (): 27:39

**** – (): my emotions fully am I ready to ask

**** – (): 27:42

**** – (): myself those difficult questions and

**** – (): 27:44

**** – (): take those difficult

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**** – (): experiences of my life and fully embrace

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**** – (): them

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**** – (): the fourth question I would ask myself

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**** – (): is

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**** – (): am I ready to

**** – (): 27:56

**** – (): let go of others Judgment of myself and

**** – (): 27:58

**** – (): my work the fifth question is am I ready

**** – (): 28:01

**** – (): to write my own story and the last

**** – (): 28:03

**** – (): question and the final sixth question is

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**** – (): am I ready to love and accept myself

**** – (): 28:09

**** – (): fully and holy

**** – (): 28:11

**** – (): these are the six questions I would ask

**** – (): 28:13

**** – (): myself and I would encourage to ask for

**** – (): 28:16

**** – (): you to ask yourself and what would you

**** – (): 28:19

**** – (): ask yourself actually if you were to do

**** – (): 28:21

**** – (): this today differently and I would

**** – (): 28:23

**** – (): really love to hear your thoughts on

**** – (): 28:25

**** – (): this episode and I hope you find this

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About Charuka Arora


Charuka Arora is the host of the Arts to Hearts podcast. She is an artist and designer who started her career in the design industry before transitioning to become a full-time artist. Charuka is passionate about helping other artists and creatives navigate their own artistic journeys.


Summary:
Charuka Arora shares six important questions she would ask herself if she were starting as an artist today. She emphasizes the importance of believing in oneself and having unwavering faith in one’s creativity. Charuka also discusses the need to embrace one’s own identity and love oneself fully in order to create authentic and meaningful art. She encourages artists to be willing to fall and get back up again, to go beyond the surface and dig deeper in their work, and to let go of judgment, both from others and from themselves. Finally, Charuka highlights the importance of writing one’s own story and crafting a life that aligns with one’s artistic vision.


Key Takeaways:

To be an artist, one must believe in oneself and have unwavering faith in one’s creativity.
Embracing one’s own identity and loving oneself fully is essential for creating authentic and meaningful art.


Artists should be willing to fall and get back up again, learning from their mistakes and continuing to grow.


Going beyond the surface and digging deeper in one’s work allows for greater emotional depth and connection.


Letting go of judgment, both from others and from oneself, is crucial for artistic freedom and expression.


Artists have the power to write their own stories and craft lives that align with their artistic visions.

Quotes:

“To be an artist is to believe to be an artist like you have to believe that you’re an artist.” – Charuka Arora


“The more comfortable that you become with yourself, the more loving of who you are, the more you embrace your own identity, the stronger you feel associated with your art.” – Charuka Arora


“Am I ready to fall a million times and put myself back together again and again and again?” – Charuka Arora


“Am I ready to dig deeper, am I ready to feel my emotions fully, am I ready to ask myself those difficult questions and take those difficult experiences of my life and fully embrace them?” – Charuka Arora


“Am I ready to let go of others’ judgment of myself and my work?” – Charuka Arora


“Am I ready to love and accept myself fully and wholly?” – Charuka Arora

Charuka Arora is the founder of the Arts to Hearts Project and Host of the Arts to Hearts Podcast. She is also an acclaimed Indian artist known for her contemporary embellished paintings. Her unique blend of gouache, collage, embroidery, painting, and drawing explores the intersection of art, culture, heritage, and womanhood. Through her work, she tells stories of female strength and encapsulates them in pieces that can be treasured for generations.

 Arts to Hearts Project Gallery + Studio

Charuka’s work draws inspiration from Hindu mythology, recognizing women as vessels of Shakti, the cosmic energy. She beautifully portrays powerful goddesses like Durga Maa riding a tiger or lion, symbolizing their unlimited power to protect virtue and combat evil.

Through her art, Charuka invites us into the world of women, showcasing their beauty, strength, and resilience. Her creations not only exhibit exceptional talent but also serve as an inspiration and a symbol of hope for those challenging societal norms.

About Arts to Hearts Project Gallery + Studio

Arts to Hearts Podcast is a show delving into the lives and passions of renowned artists. From running creative businesses and studio art practices to cultivating a successful mindset, Charuka Arora engages in heartfelt conversations with her guests. Experience your personal happy hour with your favorite artists, right in your studio.

Through candid discussions, Charuka and her guests reveal the joys and challenges of a vibrant creative life, both within and beyond our studios. Get ready to be inspired and uplifted as you tune in.

As a creative, we all must start our journey from somewhere. From being fascinated by art to acknowledging that this is something you want to take seriously, you must choose a starting point and write your own story.  If you have been in the art world for some time, can you think back to when all of this started? Do your recall how you felt and what was it that kept pushing your forwards?

This is what this week’s episode is about, as Charuka Arora talks about her own creative journey and how it led her to her own self-discovery. For all the aspiring artists out there who are only starting their creative journey, this episode provides an amazing opportunity to sit down with yourself and ask yourself some crucial questions that will help you confront your inner artist.

Putting unwavering faith in yourself

As an artist, the most important thing to do is to believe in yourself. As Charuka rightly says, that it is not our art background, or the lack of it, but our faith in ourselves that ultimately pushes us forward. Charuka did not attend an art school, and yet she followed her heart and listened to it. You don’t need to have an art degree to pursue your passion, rather, you need to have the utmost belief in your inner voice that is guiding you.

To be an artist is to believe to be an artist.

Charuka Arora – Arts to Hearts Podcast s03e46

Having the strength to get back up

As an artist, you are going to fail. It is inevitable. Falling is part of the journey, and it is only through these hurdles that we get the opportunity to learn and grow as a person and as a creative. This is what Charuka also preaches, to ask yourself if you are ready to get up every time you fall. It’s important that you give yourself a pep talk before your begin your journey, and understand that no amount of failing or falling will hinder your progress. Charuka emphasizes the importance of resilience, and that in the end, it’s not the world against us, but perhaps our inner critic that we need to silence.

Sometimes it’s just not giving up even if you are bad, if you’re doing a crappy job, if you are just even barely making it.

Charuka Arora – Arts to Hearts Podcast s03e46

Embracing your emotions

To be an artist is to embrace yourself, all of it. That means the good and the bad, after all, that is what makes you who you are and it is what brings out your creativity. As artists, we are meant to be deep thinkers, and therefore, you are required to dig deeper and explore the depths of your emotions and experiences, instead of being ashamed of them. Only then will you be able to be authentic to yourself and your inner artist. “Are you willing to feel your emotions fully, and to ask yourself those difficult questions?” If yes, then you are on the right track and you will be able to use that emotional depth to inform and inspire your art.

We feel much deeper. Our emotions are intense and I think that is why we express them in the form of creativity.

Charuka Arora – Arts to Hearts Podcast s03e46

Letting go of any judgment

Overcoming fear of judgment and self-doubt is not easy, but it’s extremely important for an artist. Before you begin your creative journey, you must ask yourself if you are ready to let go of others’ judgment of yourself and your work. Do you think the answer to that question is yes? Or do you feel a sense of fear thinking about it? This is what Charuka says, that letting go of others’ opinions and embracing your own unique voice is something you must do. You have to. Until you keep yourself occupied by those fears, you will not be able to unlock your true potential. As you embark on your journey, your creativity will be overshadowed by those fears, and that you must let go of.

It’s an essential task for us as artists to know that if we want to keep going, we have to liberate ourselves from others judgment and judgment of our own self.

Charuka Arora – Arts to Hearts Podcast s03e46

Writing your own story

What does writing your story means? Charuka reflects on her past self and talks about how being an artist means finding your voice, something which she was able to achieve after her own experiences in the creative world.

Writing your own story means to be in charge of your destiny. You cannot control the future, nor can you control your success and failures, but something you can control is to decide on how you want to curate your life. What kind of experiences do you want as an artist? Do you want to paint landscapes? Which aspect of design and creativity do you want to explore? As an artist, today you have the chance to make any decision that speaks to your inner child, something that excites you and gives you a purpose. Once you answer that question, you will be ready to write your own story as an artist.

Asking myself these questions, how I want my creative life, and how do I want to write that story for me, is an important part of being an artist.

Charuka Arora – Arts to Hearts Podcast s03e46

Accepting yourself fully

This may be the last question to ask yourself, but it is no less important. Are you ready to love and accept yourself fully? In the beginning, it was hard for Charuka to be comfortable with who she was, and it all came down to her environment where she did not fit in. For her, the change came when she started to love herself more. Being an artist means you will go through numerous ups and downs, lows and highs, and you need to love yourself in every situation. Your inner artists deserves all the love and warmth in the world, and if you’re not going to give it that, then who else will?!

For your creativity to bloom, and for your inner artist to be able to give its 100%, it’s important that you also give it your 100%! The importance of recognizing your worth and valuing yourself as an artist is something that many don’t realize, and that’s why, you, as an aspiring artist, must acknowledge that today as you begin this exciting creative journey. The more comfortable and loving you are with yourself, the more people will feel connected with your art!

Our work our art is mostly an extension of who we are.

Charuka Arora – Arts to Hearts Podcast s03e46
self-confidence

By reflecting on these six aspects, Charuka thinks that you can prepare yourself for the upcoming creative journey. By establishing that you have faith in your skills, and that you are ready to embrace and love your true self, you will feel more confident about what’s to come. Going through such affirmations will also help you be more clear-headed about what you want to do and the direction you want to take. We are confident that by participating in these reflection exercises, you will be able to form a remarkable connection with your inner self.

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